• In this June 14, 2011 file photo, various prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions in Willingboro, N.J. A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show. The cost of Medicare’s “catastrophic” prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, according to the program’s number-crunching Office of the Actuary.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    AP Exclusive: Pricey drugs overwhelm Medicare safeguard

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show.

  • From left, Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Othman Hashim, Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, prepare for a group photo as they shake hands for a group photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-U.S. Southeast Asia's main grouping made a last-ditch attempt to reach a consensus on countering China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea, but their deadlock appeared far from being resolved as minutes ticked by before a critical meeting with the Chinese foreign minister Monday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    China scores diplomatic victory, avoids criticism from ASEAN

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — China scored an unequivocal diplomatic victory Monday, preventing Southeast Asia’s main grouping from criticizing it for territorially expanding in the South China Sea, even though some of the bloc’s members are victims of Beijing’s actions.

  • MMA promoter ONE Championship targets rapid China expansion

    BANGKOK (AP) — ONE Championship, the leading mixed martial arts promoter in Asia, plans on more than doubling its number of events in China next year as it uses a fresh injection of funds to target major expansion in the region.

  • State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, left, talks to reporters accompanied by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Lois Angeles, second from left; Sen. Isadore Hall III, D-Compton, third from and left and Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Jackson is chairwoman of the powerful judiciary committee as well as the California Legislative Women's Caucus. Jackson’s legislative accomplishments include what was considered the strongest equal pay legislation in the country. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    DIVIDED AMERICA: Clinton highlights lack of women in office

    Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January.

  • Seahawks owner Allen announces extension for GM Schneider

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have extended the contract of general manager John Schneider.

  • In this Thursday, July 7, 2016, photo, Courtney Hartman poses for a photo with her children Lois, 2, and Declan, 4, as they wear gender-neutral clothing of Hartman's in Seattle. Hartman owns Jessy & Jack, a collection of unisex T-shirts, and Free to Be Kids, where a shirt with the slogan, “I'm a Cat Guy” comes in blue, gray and yellow. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Breaking down the gender stereotypes in kids’ clothing

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pink for girls. Truck motifs for boys. A growing number of parents want to get outside those parameters when it comes to dressing their kids.

  • In this Monday, July 18, 2016, photo, a "Pokemon Go" player shows his mobile phone while walking through the Boston Common, outside the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston. Historical markers dot the landscape of old cities, barely noticed by passers-by. The founder of the volunteer-based historical markers website that licensed its data to game-maker Niantic Labs five years ago said he hopes enough people take their eyes off the Pokemon they’re trying to catch to read the history on the markers. On the opposite side of the wall, left, is a bronze memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, comprised of black Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    ‘Pokemon Go’ players stumble on hidden history

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Historical markers have long dotted the landscape, often barely noticed by passers-by — until they became treasure-filled stops this month on the “Pokemon Go” trail.

  • In this July 19, 2016 photo, patient Penina Pierre sits alone in a dermatology ward, her bandaged foot propped on a chair, at the Hospital of the State University of Haiti, in Port-au-Prince. Across Haiti, a punishing strike by doctors and interns will soon enter its fourth month. Visiting missionaries are keeping her fed since she has no family. "Maybe someday the doctors will come back," Pierre said. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel.

  • Nicholas Lindheim wins Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship

    LEHI, Utah (AP) — Nicholas Lindheim won the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title and a likely spot next season on the PGA Tour.

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, arrives at Wattay Airport for the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    The Latest: ASEAN ministers arrive for unscheduled talks

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — The Latest on the meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (all times local):